The Texas General Land Office issues commercial leases and easements for coastal projects that produce revenue from the private use of state-owned submerged land. Commercial coastal easements (LC) are generally issued for commercial projects on coastal public land when the applicant has an ownership interest in the adjacent uplands (TNRC§33). Coastal surface leases (SL) are generally issued for all other commercial projects on state-owned submerged land.
Commercial projects can include marinas, restaurants, restaurant patios, boardwalks, fishing piers, breakwaters, docks and wharves, dredged channels, and similar projects. The encumbrance of state-owned submerged land is authorized for these activities through the General Land Office leases and easements referenced above. In most instances, the operator owns the structures and leases the submerged land from the General Land Office.